The winter is slowly winding down, and now you are very fat. That's depressing. But it's not a serious problem for a few more months, so you may as well sit back and enjoy some awesome gadgets. Here's the best of the past month (or so):
Best Big Screen 3D HDTV
The Sharp Aquos Quattron's screen is taller than the average American man. Its called Quattron because there's a fourth color-yellow-in its sub-pixel arrays (these colors are mixed to create the shade for each individual pixel), allowing it to generate nearly a trillion potential color shades, and the amount and degree of picture controls made calibrating the set dead simple.
Best Solid State Drive
Better NAND pushes the Pyro SE past its stablemate and into the rarified air at the top of the SandForce-powered heap. With sequential read and write speeds at 482MB/s and 300MB/s, respectively, as measure by CrystalDiskMark, the Pyro SE is quite fast, and its 4KB random write speed, at over 91,000 IOPS is preposterous.
Best Hybrid SSD/Hard Drive
If you want a taste of SSD speeds but can't afford one, or simply need more storage and don't feel like Frankenstein-ing your rig with a combo SSD/HDD setup, the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive isn't a bad deal at all for $180. An SSD for with a third of the storage costs twice as much. But definitely get the 750GB model-not only do you get more storage, you get double the flash cache and interface speed.
Best Budget Laptop
A great deal from Newegg.com, the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420 is a less-fancy-looking version of the very nice ThinkPad Edge E420s. It's got a 2.3-GHz Intel Core i3-2350M processor, a 14-inch 1366 x 768 anti-glare display, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive.
Best Voice Command System
In terms of speed and accuracy, Google Voice Actions was ahead of Siri in almost all of our tests. Both have strengths and weaknesses, and both are handy convenience features. Siri has a little more colloquial chops and is more "fun," but Voice Search is ultimately a faster, more efficient tool.
Best Automatic Coffee Machine
The Bodum Bistro produced a slightly better cup of coffee than the competition every time and is by far the more personable machine. But it costs $250. Is the coffee $100 better than the Bonavita, when $150 is already a lot to ask people to pay for a coffee machine? Maybe, for something you'll use every day, if you're thinking about spending that much in the first place (like on a Keurig machine).
Best SSD: It was a good ride, Kingston's SNV425-S2 64GB drive.
Best Budget Laptop: So long, HP Pavilion G6x.